Turning 18 marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. In many cases, teens are now or will soon be finishing up high school and moving onto the next chapter of ones life. Whether they are moving into their own place, going off to college or beginning a new job, this year's birthday gift should show support in what is going on in their lives.
A homemade gift basket is versatile. If the gift is for a girl, try filling a basket with some homemade bath salts, candles and dried flower sachets to give her the gift of relaxation. A basket of foods also works well for a boy or a girl. Assemble a dry mix of soup ingredients and place it into a Mason jar along with some ingredients to help them to create some of your favourite recipes, which you also include.
If she is going away to college or perhaps moving into her own place, nothing says home like a favoured homemade dessert. You could also assemble the dry ingredients for her favourite cookie, brownie or even hot chocolate recipe into a Mason jar, with a recipe card attached.
Help him to stay organised by assembling a message holder. Glue some batting to the face of a piece of wood. Cover the wood with a piece of fabric, pulling it tightly around the back and stapling it in place. Using some twine, ribbon or similar decorative trim, create a criss-cross pattern on the surface, stapling it in place onto the back of the board.
To enhance it further, purchase a frame and place the message board inside.
Help her decorate her new place with some coasters that will remind her of home. Purchase glass coasters that allow you to insert a photo between the two panes. Print some pictures from your home computer and put them in place.